🎧 Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood @EverSoAli @CallieDalton7 @jclarkereads @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM

Posted June 16, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 19 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley, Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


🎧 Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood @EverSoAli @CallieDalton7 @jclarkereads @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAMNot in Love by Ali Hazelwood
Narrator: Callie Dalton, Jason Clarke
Published by Berkley, Penguin Audio on June 11, 2024
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Rue Siebert might not have it all, but she has enough: a few friends she can always count on, the financial stability she yearned for as a kid, and a successful career as a biotech engineer at Kline, one of the most promising start-ups in the field of food science. Her world is stable, pleasant, and hard-fought. Until a hostile takeover and its offensively attractive front man threatens to bring it all crumbling down.

Eli Killgore and his business partners want Kline, period. Eli has his own reasons for pushing this deal through—and he’s a man who gets what he wants. With one burning exception: Rue. The woman he can’t stop thinking about. The woman who's off-limits to him.

Torn between loyalty and an undeniable attraction, Rue and Eli throw caution out the lab and the boardroom windows. Their affair is secret, no-strings-attached, and has a built-in deadline: the day one of their companies will prevail. But the heart is risky business—one that plays for keeps.

Not in Love didn’t feel like other Ali Hazelwood books I have read.  At first, it felt like a porn over plot type I used to read.  Rue and Eli start as a chance hookup and quickly find out they are on opposite sides of a corporate takeover.   I was more interested in the corporate takeover and business aspects than the sex but that doesn’t get much focus.

Rue and Eli both had rough times in their early lives.  Rue had an unreliable mother so she and her brother, Vincent, had issues with food security.  But Rue was lucky to have a best friend who had a more normal family.  She also got a scholarship for college.

Eli lost his parents when he was in graduate school and became responsible for his younger sister Mia. At the same time, he lost his graduate school internship. So he had his younger sister and no money.

The time Eli and Rue spend together and their thoughts are nearly all having sex.  They do have a little time around it to get to know each other. Trust takes more time but gradually it builds.   They have some things in common.

I liked this but would have preferred more plot and character development.  The sex was sizzling but made the plot there was a slower pacing.

 

Narration:

I really enjoyed the narration and the performance really added to my enjoyment.  I looked it up and I have heard both of them before. The voices for the characters here were comfortable and brought forth emotions.    I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE

About Ali Hazelwood

I’m Ali, and I write contemporary romcom novels about women in STEM and academia. I love cats, Nutella, and side ponytails. I’m also currently learning to crochet, so as you can tell I’m a super busy gal with an intense and exciting life!

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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
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Posted June 16, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 19 Comments


19 responses to “🎧 Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood

  1. I have this one too. Started it and then set it aside because it was getting on my nerves. I’m not one for sex over plot and I’m not looking forward to getting back into it. Plus, I feel like she makes it a point that women can go have sex without strings, over and over. Yes, we get it, women should have the same right to do what men do. I don’t need that statement to be made over and over, in every book! Plus, I don’t think it’s a safe situation to be meeting up with random guys you don’t know anything about to have sex all the time. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s different with men. They don’t have the same safety concerns here that women do. It’s unfair, but it’s the way of the world. But this is my opinion.

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  2. I love the STEM focus of Hazelwood’s books but they are a bit too spicy for me. I like the sound of this one but it’s not top of my list. Great review!

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